WATCH: McLaren Send an Important Message to Ferrari Ahead of the 2021 F1 Season

Published 12/16/2020, 2:03 AM CST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain -Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu


Carlos Sainz is moving to Ferrari for the next season as 2020 wraps up. Carlos Sainz joined McLaren in 2019 as Fernando Alonso announced his retirement. Ferrari signed Sainz earlier this season for a two-year contract till 2021.

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Sainz is surely excited to move to the Maranello based team and join Charles Leclerc. The young and hungry pair will be eager to work together with the team and help change the fate of Ferrari after an underwhelming season.

Sainz raced for McLaren for two years. He has two podium finishes to his name and claimed both of them driving for McLaren. A P3 finish at Interlagos in 2019 and a P2 finish at Monza during this season.

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He helped McLaren replace Ferrari in the Top 3 position on the constructors’ championship. Meanwhile, McLaren had an emotional message for Ferrari and their fans, the Tifosi.

Sainz’s ex-teammates put out a heartfelt message for Ferrari and its fans as they bid goodbye to Sainz. They talked about the history and the rivalry, as they eagerly look forward to their battle next season.

Great momentum for McLaren going into 2021

McLaren secured the most wanted P3 position in the constructors’ championship this season. The championship win displays a positive growth in the team’s performance and result. To back this up, McLaren sold a significant minority stake to MSP Sports Capital.

The deal brings in a lot of money, which will only help the team perform better. According to a report, “MSP Sports Capital will invest £185m into McLaren Racing (F1 and IndyCar), acquiring an initial 15% stake that will increase to 33% by the end of 2022, in a deal that values the team at £560m.”

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

Daniel Ricciardo is replacing Carlos Sainz in 2021. The Australian is a proven race winner and brings immense experience to the team.

The investment is a testament to the team’s improving performance. McLaren have also got the Mercedes engine for next season. Everything appears to be working out for McLaren at the moment. Seems like the team is prepared to consistently fight for podiums next season.

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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